Highlights of Puglia Tour

Discover the highlights of beautiful Puglia; with its whitewashed villages, stunning extended coastline, Medieval influences and ancient olive groves.
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Highlights of Puglia Small Group Tour

Bari • Trani • Castel del Monte • Alberobello • Matera • Locorotondo • Ostuni • Otranto • Lecce

Starts: Bari | Ends: Leece
Price: $2839 Twin Share | $3199 Single Room
Departing Dates: August 26th | September 09th & 23rd | October 14th & 21st
Trip Length: 6 Days/ 5 Nights 
Meals included: 5 Breakfast, 5 Dinner

Optional Add On: 
3 NIGHTS IN ROME: There is an option also available with 1 nights accommodation in Rome, prior to a transfer next day via train to Bari to join the tour of Puglia and return to Rome with 2 nights included at the end.
*Check with us for details & pricing.

Contact us to book for 2022 or for 2023 enquiries.

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Small Group, Slow Travel –  no more than 15 passengers
  • See the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES of Castel Del Monte, Alberobello and Matera
  • Locorotondo and Otranto: Certified “BORGHI”
  • Sleep in one of the world famous “Trulli”
  • Visit the best of Puglia with us
  • Dinner in a special location

What the tour includes: 

  • Transportation by deluxe coach
  • Native English speaker as your tour escort
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
  • Entrance tickets Castel del Monte (Fantasia of Puglia)

What the tour does NOT include: 

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums not mentioned in inclusions (see above)
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)**
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes” (see above)

Hotels: 

Rome 

Diana (4 Stars) OR

St, Martin (4 Stars)

Bari: 

The Nicolaus (4 Stars) OR

Hi Hotel Bari (4 Stars)

Alberobello:  

Trulli Holidays Resort (4 Stars)

Leece:

Delle Palme (4 Stars)

***Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended.
***Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

Arrive in Bari, on your own. Meet your Tour Leader in your hotel in Bari, the main city of Puglia, and from here start your tour to discover this wonderful region. Enjoy a walking tour in the afternoon to learn about the city’s history and its most relevant landmarks.

Walk through the charming narrow alleys of the old city center, admire the Basilica of San Nicola where the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra are preserved. Visit the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th Century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia.

Be amazed by the astonishing view that from the fortress (admission fee for the Castle is at your own expense). After the visit, reach Piazza Mercantile where you will see the ancient Column of Justice.

Dinner and overnight.

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before leaving Bari by coach to reach Trani. Known as the Pearl of Puglia, the medieval town of Trani is one of the most remarkable cities of Southern Italy. Discover its art and monuments, visit the Jewish quarter and the wonderful white stone Cathedral.

In the afternoon, reach Castel Del Monte, one of Puglia’s most acclaimed landmarks. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century under Roger the Norman, one of the most enlightened kings in history. The building is a harmonious geometrical complex, shaped as an octagon and surrounded by a still unsolved mystery.

Your journey will continue towards Alberobello: a world-known UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by the “Trulli”. These dry-stone cone-shaped houses were built in the 14th century from local limestone and this village is unique, with a fairytale-like atmosphere. The town of Alberobello gets its name from the ancient oak forest of Arboris Belli (beautiful trees) that once covered the area. It is possible to see these typical buildings all over the Itria Valley.

Overnight stay in an albergo diffuso – scattered hotel; sleeping in a real Trullo. Dinner included.

Matera is the prime destination for today. After breakfast in the square of the scattered hotel (approximately 200 m from the Trulli), your coach will take you to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit and learn the history of the Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera) caves that have been used as houses for over 9,000 years. These form a significant part of the  historic center of the city. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral that overlooks the city, its beautiful Campanile (Bell tower) and enjoy the amazing view of the Sassi. Travel back to Alberobello in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the Trullo.

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel square. Leave Alberobello by coach, traveling to Locorotondo, where you can enjoy some free time to tour this small town. Locorotondo is one of the white towns of Puglia.

Boardyour coach again, to travel to Ostuni: located between the Trulli region and Salento. Ostuni overlooks the coastal plain which is rich in ancient olive trees. Enjoy some free time to explore another white town with free time for lunch, shopping and tasting of several local products like the local, world-famous olive oil (all at your own expense).

In the late afternoon, board your coach again and travel to Lecce in the heart of the Salento region. Here, you will stay for dinner and overnight in your hotel in Lecce.

After breakfast in your hotel, enjoy a 3-hour guided visit of the city of Lecce. Learn the history of Lecce; visit the old town centre, the 12th Century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza del Duomo. After the tour, board the coach and travel to Otranto, where you will have some free time at your disposal for lunch.

Spend the afternoon visiting the wonderful city of Otranto at your leisure. Over the centuries, the city has been invaded multiple times – amongst others we can find traces of Greek, Roman and Turkish cultures. Wander around the old quarters to see how these cultures have blended together. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Cathedral where the bones of 813 martyrs are displayed in a glass case behind the altar. See its marvelous mosaic floor which rivals the well-known mosaics of Ravenna in its richness and significance.

In the early evening, reach Supersano where you will have dinner at the “Masseria le Stanzìe”. Visit this ancient farm, learn about the history and culture of Puglia. See how homemade pasta is made and visit the Medieval tombs that are part of the farm. Enjoy dinner with traditional meals and products from the region. After dinner, travel back to Lecce for an overnight stay in your hotel.

Enjoy one final breakfast in your hotel.

End of our tour. There is an opportunity to add a private transfer to Brindisi or Bari.

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